U.S. Women's Update for Jan. 10

Jan. 10, 2011, 3:47 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2011) – The current U.S. Women's National Team Weekly update released on Jan. 10 includes briefs on U.S. players competing overseas and other team news.

U.S. WOMEN’S TRAINING BLOCK STARTS JAN. 17: The U.S. Women’s National Team will hold its winter training block from Jan. 17 to mid-April at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) will have at least 12 players participating in the three-month session. All but one of the players concluded their collegiate eligibility last month, while the remaining player concluded college eligibility following the 2009 season. Additional players may be added to the roster during the course of the training block. The roster includes setters Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.), Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio) and Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.); middle blockers Ashley Benson (Bloomington, Ind.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn.); outside hitters Becky Perry (Austin, Texas), Kari Pestolesi (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Julianne Piggott (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kaitlin Sather (Santa Rosa, Calif.); opposite Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.); and libero Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa). Pestolesi will also see training time at libero. For the complete press release, click here.

BOWN WITH TURKEY’S ECZACIBASI: Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time Olympic Games middle blocker for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in Turkey for Eczacibasi during the 2010-11 professional club season. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi edged Galatasaray Medical 26-24, 25-18, 28-26 on Jan. 9 to improve to 8-0 on the season in league play. Bown totaled seven points in the sweep with four kills, two aces and a block. Eczacibasi is also competing in the CEV Champions League, having won five straight matches to open Pool C play. Eczacibasi dominated Spain’s CV Jamper Aguere La Laguna 25-19, 25-11, 25-12 on Jan. 6 to improve to 5-0. Bown scored 10 points with eight kills on 13 errorless swings, one block and one ace. Eczacibasi concludes Pool C on Jan. 11 against second-place Volero Zurich (4-1). Eczacibasi defeated Volero Zurich in four sets to open Pool C on Nov. 24.

AKINRADEWO WITH TOYOTA IN JAPAN: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.), a middle blocker with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is currently playing for Toyota Autobody in Japan’s V-League for the 2010-11 professional season. Toyota won both its matches this past weekend to improve to 6-4 on the season and move into third place in the V-League standings. Akinradewo scored 17 kills on 33 errorless attacks in a 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Hisamitsu Springs on Jan. 8. She added a block for 18 points in the victory. On the following day, Toyota topped Okayama 25-18, 27-25, 25-15 as Akinradewo contributed 19 kills on 37 attacks and three blocks for 22 points. Toyota challenges NEC (5-5) on Jan. 15 in Tokyo, followed by a Jan. 16 contest against Denso (5-5).

TOM WITH GUANGDONG HENGDA IN CHINA UNDER FORMER U.S. HEAD COACH: Three-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, Utah) is playing for Guangdong Hengda (also known as Evergrande) in the Chinese club league’s top division. Evergrande, led by 2008 U.S. Olympic Games head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping, is one of two undefeated teams in the A Division through the first six matches. Tom scored 10 kills on 14 attacks with a block for 11 points as Evergrande defeated Billiance China Automotive Liaoning 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 on Jan. 4. She was credited with 13 kills and a block on Jan. 9 as Evergrande handled Zhengzhou High-tech Zone 25-23, 25-19, 25-15. Evergrande returns to the court on Jan. 15 against Sichuan University (2-4).

LARSON WITH KAZAN IN RUSSIA: U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) is playing for Dinamo Kazan of the Russia Super League during the 2010-2011 pro club season. Kazan is 7-0 to open the league schedule, but will meet perennial powerhouse Dynamo Moscow (6-0) on Jan. 16 in the next league match in a battle of undefeated teams. Later in the month, Kazan will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place Jan. 28-29.

BARBOZA IN RUSSIA WITH KRASNODAR: Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in the 2010-11 professional club season. In CEV Cup action, Krasnodar stopped Germany’s Dresdner SC 25-12, 25-17, 25-23 on Jan. 5 in the first match of a home-and-home series in the Round of 8. The two teams return to the court on Jan. 12 to conclude the series with a spot in the Round of 4 at stake. In Russia Super League action, Krasnador (6-1) returns to action on Jan. 16 against Avtodor-Metar (1-6). Later in the month, Krasnodar will compete in the Russia Cup Final Four taking place Jan. 28-29.

SYKORA, ALISHA GLASS SETTING TABLES FOR VOLEI FUTURO IN BRAZIL: Three-time U.S. Olympian Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and U.S. Women’s National Team setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) are competing for Volei Futuro in the Brazilian Superliga during the 2010-11 professional club season. Volei Futuro (4-0) is one of three undefeated teams along with Unilever (5-0) and Sollys/Osasco (4-0). Volei Futuro takes on Pinheiro/Mackenzie on Jan. 12 in a sixth round match, followed by a Jan. 14 contest against Sollys/Osasco.

SCOTT-ARRUDA IN BRAZIL WITH SAO BERNARDO: Four-time U.S. Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.) is back on the volleyball court after giving birth this spring and is playing for BMG Sao Bernardo in the Brazilian Superliga. BMG/Sao Bernardo (1-3) plays Usiminas on Jan. 13 in a sixth-round match.

FAWCETT IN BRAZIL WITH USIMINAS MINAS: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), a U.S. Women’s National Team opposite, is playing the 2010-11 professional club season in Brazil with Usiminas Minas. Usiminas (3-2) faces BMG/Sao Bernardo on Jan. 13 in a sixth-round match, followed by a Jan. 17 contest against Sao Caetano.

HOOKER WITH ITALY’S PESARO: Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2010, is currently competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A League. Pesaro dropped a 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 match to Asystel Volley Novara (2-4) on Jan. 9. Hooker contributed 14 kills on 27 attacks with one block for 15 points. She had a team-high 24 service receptions with a 46 positive percent. Pesaro, which dropped to 3-3 in the league and in a tie for fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A action on Jan. 16 versus Despar Perugia (2-4, ninth-place tie). Meanwhile, Pesaro improved to 4-1 in the CEV Champions League Pool E with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 victory over Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku on Jan. 6. Hooker was credited with 19 kills on 45 attacks to go with a block as part of a team-high 20-point performance. Pesaro concludes Champions League Pool E action on Jan. 11 against Poland’s Aluprof Bielsko-Biala.

BERG, HODGE WITH VILLA CORTESE IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team setter Lindsey Berg (Honolulu) and Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) are competing for MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese in the Italian Serie A league during the 2010-11 professional club season. Villa Cortese (5-1) held off an upset bid from LIU-JO Volley Modena (2-4) with a 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 27-29, 15-12 victory on Jan. 8. Hodge came off the bench in four of the five sets and provided two kills on three swings. Berg did not compete in the match. Villa Cortese, with 14 points and in second place in the Italian Serie A, faces Norda Foppapedretti Bergamo (4-2, fourth-place) on Jan. 16 in its next league match. In addition to the Serie A League, Villa Cortese is embroiled in the Main Phase of the CEV Champions League in Pool D in which it is now 3-2 following a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 loss to VK Modranska Prostejov on Jan. 5. Hodge scored five kills on 11 swings with just one error to go with two blocks and an ace in the loss. Berg did not compete in the match. Villa Cortese concludes the Main Phase on Jan. 11 against Organika Budowlani (1-4) and will need a win to advance.

HARMOTTO WITH LIU-JO VOLLEY MODENA IN ITALY: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, Pa.) is playing for LIU-JO Volley Modena in Italy’s Serie A League during the 2010-11 professional club season. Harmotto did not play in her team’s five-set loss to league-leader MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese on Jan. 8. Modena, now 2-4 and a tie for ninth place, challenges Spes Conegliano (5-1, third place) on Jan. 16 in its next Serie A match.

KIM GLASS WITH RABITA BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing for Rabita Baku of the Azerbaijan professional league in 2010-11. Rabita ended the first round of the Azerbaijan Super League with a 4-1 record and edged out Azerrail based on set ratio (14-3 to 13-5). Rabita Baku starts the second round with Igtisadchi on Jan. 18, followed by Azerrail on Jan. 22, Lokomotiv on Jan. 28, Baki on Feb. 11 and Shirvan on Feb. 16. During the CEV Champions League, Rabita Baku is 3-2 in Pool E after a heart-breaking 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 loss to Italy’s Scavolini Pesaro on Jan. 6. Glass was credited with nine kills and two blocks for 11 points, while handling 54 of the team’s 100 service receptions with a 50 positive percent. Despite the loss, Rabita Baku remains in first place in the pool based on points (11 points to Pesaro’s 10 points). Rabita Baku concludes Pool E on Jan. 11 versus Romania’s Dinamo Romprest Bucharest.

TAMAS, McGINNIS AND WEAVER WITH AZERRAIL BAKU: Jennifer Tamas (Milpitas, Calif.), a 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist playing middle blocker for Team USA, is playing for Azerrail Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League with Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) and Cheryl Weaver (Washington, D.C.) during the 2010-11 professional club season. Azerrail opens the second round of the Azerbaijan Super League on Jan. 18 versus Baki, followed by Rabita on Jan. 22, Shirvan on Jan. 28, Lokomotiv on Feb. 11 and Igtisadchi on Feb. 16. Azerrail ended the first round with a 4-1 record to match Rabita, but finished in second place through the sets ratio (14-3 for Rabita and 13-5 for Azerrail). Azerrail will face Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus during the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup Round of 16 held on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

IGTISADCHI LOADED WITH AMERICANS IN AZERBAIJAN: Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Laguna Hills, Calif.) is playing for Igtisadchi of the Azerbaijan Super League with fellow Americans Crystal Matich and Kelly Wing. Igtisadchi starts the league’s second round on Jan. 18 against Rabita on Jan. 18, followed by Lokomotiv on Jan. 22, Baki on Jan. 28, Shirvan on Feb. 11 and Azerrail on Feb. 16. Igtisadchi ended the first round with a 3-2 record and in third place. In the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup, Igtisadchi will play Serbia’s Tent Obrenovac in home-and-home matches held Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

DAVIS, METCALF, RICHARDS HEADLINE LOKOMOTIV BAKU IN AZERBAIJAN: U.S. Olympians Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa), along with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Kristin Richards (Orem, Utah), are playing for Lokomotiv Baku of the Azerbaijan Super League. After a slow start, Lokomotiv won its final two matches of the Azerbaijan Super League first round to finish in fourth place with a 2-3 record. The side begins the Second Round on Jan. 18 versus Shirvan, followed by Igtisadchi on Jan. 22, Rabita on Jan. 28, Azerrail on Feb. 11 and Baki on Feb. 16. The squad is also competing in the CEV GM Capital Challenge Cup and will face Austria’s A. Linz-Steg in the Round of 16. In the first home-and-home match of the series, visiting Lokomotiv defeated its Austrian opponent 25-15, 25-11, 25-18. The two teams will meet again on Jan. 12 in Azerbaijan.

SPICER WITH POLAND’S GCB CENTROSTAL BYDGOSZCZ: Nellie Spicer (Barrington, Ill.), a setter for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing in the Polish professional league this winter for GCB Centrostal Bydgoszrcz. Spicer’s squad did not compete in the last week as its Round 6 match versus Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro was transferred to Jan. 19. Prior to that contest GCB Centrosal Bydgoszcz plays Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza on Jan. 15.

MORRISON, SIX AMERICANS ON ONE AUSTRIAN TEAM: U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) is serving as head coach of the Austrian Post Schwechat team during the 2010-11 season. The team has six American players including Jill Collymore (Seattle), Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jessica Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii), Angie Pressey (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). Post Schwechat dropped its first match of the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (teams from Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia) on Jan. 8 in a 19-25, 25-10, 20-25, 25-21, 15-8 loss to Calcit Volleyball Mamnik. Pressey scored 12 kills on 15 attacks with an ace for 13 points to match Crimes’ 13-point total with eight kills on nine attacks, four blocks and an ace. Thompson set Post Schwechat to a 65 kill percent, but her team committed 25 hitting errors. Miyashiro was the starting libero with 40 service receptions and 75 percent positive reception mark. Jones added 13 points with eight kills and three blocks. Post Schwechat is now 9-1 on the season and in second place to VK Modranska Prostejov (11-1). In the CEV Cup, Post Schwechat came back to defeat France’s Rocheville Le Cannet 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 25-14 in a road contest on Jan. 6 to open the CEV Cup Round of 8 opener. The two teams will meet again in the home-and-home series on Jan. 13.

McCUTCHEON HEADLINE SPEAKER AT HP COACHES’ CLINIC: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), along with U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Stanford University Head Women’s Volleyball Coach John Dunning, will serve as headline speakers at the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic being held Jan. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Level II and Level III courses and recertification will be offered on site before and after the clinic. For more information on the USA Volleyball High Perforamnce Coaches' Clinic, click here.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS: USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 25-27, 2011, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead the evaluation process for the tryout, which is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. All tryout participants must be U.S. citizens and are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout. The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 13, 2011, can be found by clicking here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in the tryout. For the complete details on the tryout, click here.